The US leaves Afghanistan: Is it abandonment, defeat or realization? My blog in the Times of India

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/mynuscript/the-us-leaves-afghanistan-is-it-abandonment-defeat-or-realization-36917/ Over the last two or three weeks, a stunned world has watched the Taliban sweep almost unopposed across the length and breadth of Afghanistan, while the US scrambles to evacuate its citizens, troops and allies from the country. In almost all such cases, the US automatically becomes the world’s scapegoat. It is being blamed…

How world’s two largest democracies differ in their approach to warfare – my blog in the Times of India

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/mynuscript/how-worlds-two-largest-democracies-differ-in-their-approach-to-warfare-37203/ On Dec 13, 2001, Pakistani terrorists attacked the Indian Parliament, which had been in session and had just adjourned a few minutes back. It was reported that more than a hundred Members of Parliament including India’s senior leaders like Shri LK Advani were in the building. If the police and security personnel stationed there…

I am US citizen and I have every right to opine on India!

My article published in The Quint today! https://www.thequint.com/voices/blogs/taking-up-foreign-citizenship-should-not-bar-right-of-opinion-on-indian-matters A few days back, I was ticked off by a friend when I voiced my concern over the state of politics in India. I had taken up American citizenship, he said, surrendered my Indian passport in the process and stayed out of the country for almost 25…

The passing of an old man

When I see the kind and number of vicious and malevolent messages on social media about the death of Fr. Stan Swamy, my mind goes back to the time when Indira Gandhi was murdered. She had a lot of haters too, millions on millions hated her, especially after the atrocities during the Emergency. And yet,…

To block or not to block is the question – my article in the Times of India Reader’s Blog

Millions of activists from all over the world make social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter their second home, if not the first. They cover every aspect of human life on earth, be it professional, social, cultural, economic or political. These activists usually position themselves as ‘thought leaders’ for their ideology, cause or political party…

Foreign citizenship does not lessen love for one’s home country – my article in the India America Today newspaper, Washington DC.

The recent notification from the Indian government curtailing the rights of Overseas Citizens of India Cardholders (OCCs) should come as a huge disappointment to persons of Indian origin living in India or overseas. The bigger insult to injury is that the government will now classify OCCs as ‘foreign nationals’, not even on par with NRIs. …

Let’s not grab too much credit for lower Covid numbers – my take on Chetan Bhagat’s blog in the Times of India!

I don’t blame any govt for mishandling Covid. This pandemic was sudden and unprecedented. Nobody knew what to do or what was the right approach. It was all trial and error and the jury is still out on what works and what doesn’t. Nobody has established a cause-effect relationship so far beyond a shadow of…

Need for some critical thinking on Mr. Trudeau’s comments on India

My article published in the India America Today, Washington D.C. The last few months have seen widespread protests by farmers in India over the passage of three farm reform bills by the central government. These protests have now gathered enough support and momentum to draw attention from the international community, especially after some allegedly rough…

High-tech cricket!

The last few years have seen a lot of technology enhancements in cricket with the DRS in particular. High resolution images and replay videos can present the player with all the information he needs at the touch of a button. With the advent and immense popularity of the limited overs version, there is so much…